UN to Provide Solar Panels to Cuban Families in Reserve Area

HAVANA TIMES — A few of the communities located in the Viñales National Park, an area of Cuba officially designated as a “world heritage site,” will be illuminated beginning in 2013 with photovoltaic panels supplied as part of a United Nations-sponsored project.

The assistance will be directed primarily to lighting, through solar energy, in the picturesque rural communities of Viñales, which is considered a “cultural landscape of humanity,” and to other families in the nearby Pan de Azucar massif, according to the Prensa Latina news agency

The initiative will continue similar work previously initiated by the United Nations Program for Development in both locales.

Up until late October of this year, more than 14,000 visitors enjoyed Viñales ecotourism attractions, which will be expanded with 10 new trails next year.